YTL Hotels recently signed a new agreement with Marriott International to bring the AC Hotels by Marriott to Malaysia. Under the agreement, three existing hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuantan will be under the brand. YTL has been for 24 years a partner to Marriott in Malaysia.
AC Hotels by Marriott embraces European design and style across its international portfolio of distinctive properties in Europe and North and Latin America.
Mark Yeoh, Executive Director of YTL Hotels declared that, “the 24-year long relationship we enjoy with Marriott International has yielded many valuable opportunities and successful partnerships for YTL Hotels globally. We currently operate 12 Marriott International properties in our portfolio of 36 hospitality assets and the figure continues to grow steadily. We are very excited to be the first in Malaysia to bring in AC Hotels by Marriott and we look forward to be in the forefront of developing this urban lifestyle brand throughout Malaysia.”
“Marriott International and YTL Hotels have enjoyed a very successful and strategic partnership over many years. We are honoured to be collaborating once again to bring the AC Hotels by Marriott brand into Malaysia,” replied Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.
The two companies also signed franchise agreements to strategically convert three established YTL Hotels properties under the Vistana brand into future AC Hotels. The selected properties are the Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa, Vistana Kuantan City Centre and Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul. For Marriott, it will also mean a presence for the first time in both Penang and Kuantan, boosting the international appeal of the destination.
AC Hotel by Marriott Penang is set to be the first Marriott International hotel in Penang featuring a futuristic indoor arena which will also serve as a major venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. AC Hotel by Marriott Kuala Lumpur will be strategically located near Kuala Lumpur City Centre, putting guests within the vicinity of entertainment, shopping and dining. Meanwhile, AC Hotel by Marriott Kuantan is also located near the city centre as well as the beach. Kuantan is a popular destination for domestic travellers as it is easily reachable from Kuala Lumpur by road.